Campaign charity INQUEST launches its Skills and Support Toolkit

Police station demo

source: INQUEST
published: 11 December 2015

INQUEST launched an online version of its Skills and Support Toolkit on 16th December. This resource, funded by the Big Lottery, has been developed with the help of a number of families, including INQUEST’s Family Reference Group, all of whom have had direct experience of a relative who has died in custody or detention.

The toolkit’s purpose is to help bereaved people navigate their way through the protracted inquest process and to build a range of skills to support their rights and access to information. Individuals can learn basic skills such as, how to plan and organise information ahead of an inquest, speak in public, as well as some more advanced skills such as campaigning, speaking to media or lobbying a Member of Parliament. Continue reading

New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police - see-no-evilsource: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

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The National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund

National Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund

‘support for families affected by deaths in state custody in the United Kingdom’

source: 4WardEver UK
published: 5 September 2015

The purpose of the Mikey Powell Memorial Family Fund is to ensure that families or their campaign groups across the UK can get access to small grants to provide practical domestic assistance, to further the work of their own campaigns or assist them in engaging in other local, regional or national campaigns, events and initiatives. Visit Facebook page.

The Memorial Family Fund has been established in remembrance of Mikey Powell and acknowledges the work and campaigning of the late Pauline Campbell.

Funds are available for:

  • Promotional materials (banners, t-shirts, badges, business cards etc)
  • For help with stationary, postal and related items or equipment
  • Help towards travel costs to events, inquests or conferences
  • Assistance towards the costs of counseling or therapy services
  • Support with essential household provisions and bills
  • Short holidays and family respite breaks

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